March 27, 1998 |
The first government chosen by all South Africa's people welcomed the first U.S. president ever to visit the country Thursday, and President Clinton marked the historic moment by pledging to help preserve the new "truly free" South Africa. "Simply put, America wants a strong South Africa, America needs a strong South Africa, and we are determined to work with you as you build a strong South Africa," Clinton said in an address before the country's Parliament and President Nelson Mandela.
February 28, 1998 |
The United States lifted a 35-year-old arms embargo against South Africa, Vice President Al Gore and South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki said in a joint statement. "This will take effect immediately through the suspension of debarment of South African companies which had been prohibited from U.S. defense trade," the statement said.
February 17, 1997 |
Vice President Al Gore toured the island prison Sunday where South African President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, calling prisoners' tales a source of inspiration for the world. Hosted by South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, whose father, Govan Mbeki, was imprisoned in the cell next to Mandela's, Gore made the half-hour boat trip from Cape Town to Robben Island and walked the narrow corridor to cell No. 5, a tiny concrete room barely big enough for a bed.
January 23, 1997 |
Hoping to defuse a bitter dispute with Washington, President Nelson Mandela's Cabinet deferred a decision Wednesday on whether to allow a $640-million sale of sensitive weapons technology to Syria's dictatorial regime. U.S. diplomats said privately they believe that the move effectively killed the sale, which would have supplied sophisticated, laser-guided targeting and firing systems for hundreds of aging Soviet-made T-72 battle tanks in Syria's arsenal.
January 14, 1997 |
The United States fired a harsh verbal warning at South Africa on Monday, threatening to cut off economic aid if the nation's leaders go ahead with reported plans to sell military equipment to Syria. Calling the matter one of "very serious concern," State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said that U.S. law prohibits recipients of American aid from selling arms to nations that it has identified as supporting international terrorism.
October 13, 1996 |
To hear U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher tell it, few nations are as important to Washington and the post-Cold War world as post-apartheid South Africa. "When I look around the world, I see very few countries with greater potential to help shape the 21st century than the new South Africa," Christopher said Saturday in a wide-ranging speech here. "I see few relationships as vital to advancing our common interests as the U.S.-South African relationship."